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Feed evaluation, processing and sustainable feedstuffs

Our research aim and focus

The theme group develop feed evaluation, explore and increase the use of biomass resources, and improve nutrient efficiency by processing. Aim is to develop a sustainable bioeconomy, with focus on feedstuffs for both monogastric and ruminant production- and pet animals.

Our primary focus areas

  • Feed evaluation, and development of methods for laboratory and in vivo feed evaluation of both conventional and new/alternative feedstuffs

  • Evaluation of pro- and antinutritional substances, as e.g. bioactive compounds, toxins, mycotoxins, heavy metals
  • Processing of concentrates, to change nutritional properties and/or to fractionate to improve utilization
  • Processing of forages/roughages, to improve e.g. digestibility and ensiling properties
  • Biorefining green forages, optimization of green protein yield and quality, and the utilization of the ‘by-products’ pulp and brown juice
  • Alternative feedstuffs, e.g. insects, industry byproducts, food waste
  • Marine feedstuffs, e.g. seaweed, fishmeal, starfish, clams

Theme group coordinator

Our research perspectives

Sustainable animal production, both organic and conventional, is depended on efficient use of feeds, without competing with the requirement for land for direct production of human food.

This require development of alternative feed resources and optimization of use of existing feed resources, e.g. processing and bio-refining to partition nutrients from a biomass to the most efficient use.